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Submission + - Test can determine a healthy diet (medscape.com) 1

OffTheLip writes: A test has been developed by a team from Imperial College London, Newcastle University and Aberystwyth University which can determine if the patient has a healthy diet. According to the study:

The analysis can reveal whether we have eaten red meat or fish and indicate whether we are eating fruit and vegetables. The test is sensitive enough to indicate some specific foods such as oranges, grapes and leafy green vegetables. It can also tell how much fat, sugar, fiber and protein a person has eaten. It's easy to see the value of such a test but also hard to overlook the possible repercussions depending on how and who is interpreting the data.

Submission + - US students fall further behind in math, science and reading (washingtonpost.com)

OffTheLip writes: According to the Washington Post, students in the US continue to trail many other developed nations in math, science and reading. From the linked article, "The United States ranked 25th in science literacy and 24th in reading literacy. Singapore topped all nations in all three categories. China, Japan, Korea, Canada, Switzerland, Estonia, Australia and New Zealand were among the other top-performing countries."

Some of the blame falls on the broader education system but within the US some states are performing better than others which could be seen as a sign of encouragement. The incoming presidential administration has different plans for education based on the nomination of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education.

Submission + - Mapping two political America's (nytimes.com)

OffTheLip writes: Even though the US election for president is now history the New York Times found an interesting view of how the electorate voted. Along with winning the electoral college Donald Trump won geographically (85% of the land mass) whereas Hillary Clinton won the popular vote with support from urban areas of much smaller geographic size. All apropos of nothing but an interesting graphical perspective.

Submission + - Tech companies and age bias (observer.com)

OffTheLip writes: A recent editorial in the Observer by Dan Lyons highlights overt negative bias towards older tech workers including his personal journey as an aging worker. Information technology is young business in comparison to many other industries but one of the few where older workers are not valued for their institutional knowledge. It is accepted that current trends are for the young, the agile, workers with seemingly tireless work ethic and dedication. None of these traits are associated with older workers. Lyons draws comparisons to other successful workforce diversity efforts that seemingly don't apply to the tech world. He makes an argument for what the older worker brings to the team in experience and wisdom. As a recently retired techie I experienced this firsthand, both as a older worker, and earlier in my career one who didn't see the value in older workers. As Lyons states, older workers are good business.

Submission + - White House internet quality and wifi dead spots (mashable.com)

OffTheLip writes: According to US president Barack Obama the White House has wifi dead spots and spotty quality. Obama said improvements are planned for the next occupants. In a pregame Super Bowl interview the Obama's were asked about the wifi among other things. According to Obama, "You know that whole tech thing, we've been trying to get that straight for the next group of folks," President Obama replied. "This is an old building so there's a lot of dead spots where the WiFi doesn't work...no, actually it's an issue." Assuming the tactical networks function properly in restricted spaces it seems odd there would not be more attention to general internet connectivity for the first family.

Submission + - HP server killer firmware update on the loose

OffTheLip writes: According to a Customer Advisory released by HP and reported on by the Channel Register website, http://www.channelregister.co.... , a recently released firmware update for the ubiquitous HP Proliant server line could disable the network capability of affected systems. Broadcom NICs in G2-G7 servers are identified as potentially vulnerable. The release date for the firmware was April 18 so expect the number of systems affected to go up. HP has not relreased the number of systems vulnerable to the update.

Submission + - Boston bombing prosecuter the same as the Aaron Swartz case (reuters.com) 1

OffTheLip writes: U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz will lead the prosecution team working on the Boston Marathon bombing case as criminal charges are brought against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Ms. Ortiz is the lead federal law enforcer in Massachusetts recently drew criticism for her heavy handed prosecution of Aaron Swartz, some say leading to his suicide. The same tough tactics approach used in the Swartz case may well be more suited to this landmark case.

Submission + - The role of the internet in the news (infowars.com)

OffTheLip writes: The web site Info Wars is reporting on a possible connection between a posting in 4chan and the school shooting in Newtown Connecticut. According to the article a post was made on 4chan at 10:18pm Wednesday. The authenticity of the post is unclear but the bigger question for Slashdot, does the on-line community have an obligation to "out" this type of posting?

Submission + - The time for e-readers on the college campus

OffTheLip writes: A recent storm forced me into my attic for a repair but my path was blocked by many boxes filled with college textbooks, many over 25 years old. My wife and I are in professions where it seemed possible we would use the texts for research but they have remained boxed until the fateful storm. I'm sure many others are in a similar situation. With the advances in technology I see a perfect opportunity for colleges to provide required course material electronically via an e-reader such as the Kindle or the Sony offering. The authors could still claim a fee, although much less than the cost of a book, and the college could be a leader in green thinking. While this may not be practical for all materials there are plenty of use and toss coursework imposed on today's student. What do you say Slashdot readers?
Security

Submission + - Mystery computer virus targets the law

OffTheLip writes: According to the article (http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D98AU3CG0&show_article=1), law enforcement agencies were struck by a "Mystery computer virus" Thursday. Systems belonging to the FBI and the U.S. Marshals were to shut down part as a precaution. An FBI spokesman claims no data was compromised by once again the question must be asked, why are these agencies connected to a public internet?
Editorial

Submission + - 2008 list of banned words and phrases

OffTheLip writes: As we head into the new year Lake Superior State University (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071231/ap_on_re_us/banned_words_list;_ylt=Ar9ZyVbXoaITQrY30nZuTfCs0NUE) has provided a list of banned words and phrases. Many are not likely to appear on Slashdot but the sentiment expressed is often a subject on Slashdot. Words like "bricked" are subverted and over used. What words would the tech community contribute to this list?
Education

Submission + - China to force Olympic rain

OffTheLip writes: Chinese meteorologists claim to be able to force rain (http://asia.news.yahoo.com/070425/ap/d8onm45g0.ht ml) to fall before the 2008 Olympics begin thus insuring clean, clear air for the games. After years of work on cloud seeding the meteorologists hope their efforts can improve the probability that rain will not fall during the events.

"Technicians with the Beijing Weather Modification Office said they fired seven rocket shells containing 163 cigarette-size sticks of silver iodide over the city's skies. They claimed it provoked a chemical reaction in clouds that forced four-tenths of an inch of rain."

Beijing's air pollution is among the worst in the world but can this be a good thing?
Security

Submission + - Will Windows security matter?

OffTheLip writes: AP Technology Writer Brian Bergstein discusses security advantages touted by Microsoft for their new Vista operating system . According to Symantec Corporation' Oliver Friedrichs, "Microsoft has made the core of the operating system more secure, but they've really solved, by and large, yesterday's problems". Many of the threats Vista addresses, such as worms, have already been handled within an fully patched version of Windows XP.

Will the next generation of internet centric security threats be immune to Vista protective measures?
Power

Submission + - European power grid a "house of cards"?

OffTheLip writes: Several western European countries were in the dark after a power outage attributed to higher energy consumption due to cold weather. "We weren't very far from a European blackout," according to a senior executive with French power company RTE.
  As winter approaches and power requirements continue to grow will the current infrastructure be able to support the demands? While this outage was brief and no injuries were reported how long can a modern society pin it's hopes on such a system? It could be argued the power system worked as expected, shutting off some customers to prevent a total blackout but offers little comfort to those without.

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